Access to a Better Tomorrow is a Georgia nonprofit corporation created on January 15, 2011, M.L. King's birthday, to work towards his dream of freedom and equality for the disabled. Our mission is to ensure Georgians with disabilities have equal opportunities to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
"...the Nation's proper goals regarding individuals with disabilities are to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for such individuals…"
ABT was founded on the Independent Living Philosophy, and that each person with a disability is unique and has the same civil rights as people who do not have a disability.
People with disabilities have the same aspirations as people who do not have disabilities, and they expect equal access to social, economic, and political opportunities.
People with disabilities are in the best position to guide, direct, and control programs for people with disabilities, and they have the have the right to determine their own future, have the right to choose providers, and to live, work, and access healthcare in the community where they want.
People with disabilities know their needs best, and these needs can be met most effectively by comprehensive programs that advocate for the rights and needs of people with disabilities, and provide a variety of supportive services in the community.
The Architectural Barriers Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act has been the law for over 40 years, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, 24 years. The Supreme Court's Olmstead decision has been law for 15 years, however people with disabilities still struggle because of a lack of access to support services to live independently in the community. These services are cost efficient to the taxpayer, and allow persons to become productive citizens.
Our experience has shown that individuals with disabilities bring a valuable diversity to the workplace, with innovative thinking and increased morale, all which positively affect the bottom line.
ABT fund-raising events are designed to increase awareness, promote wellness, and to expand recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Disability and Health Data System in 2011, approximately 24.6% of adults reported having a disability. Over 21% of those persons are living in poverty, having income less than $15,000 per year, and only 36% were employed compared to 60% of the non-disabled population. 8% reported having a disability that requires the use of special or adaptive equipment, but the funding sources for assistive devices like Medicare, Medicaid, the BSITF and GVRA continues to dwindle.